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by Tim Cushing


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YouTube Briefly Nukes Video Of Nazi Symbol Destruction For Violating Hate Speech Rules

from the everyone-go-crazy-all-at-once dept

Things have gone slightly crazy in the wake of the Charlottesville protests. What started as speech and ended in violence has prompted a number of reactions, many of them terrible. The president took three swings at addressing the situation: one bad, one a bit better, and one that erased the "better" statement completely when Trump decided to go off-script and engage in a bunch of whataboutism.

Other reactions haven't been much better. After defending the white nationalists' right to protest the removal of Confederacy-related statues, the ACLU decided it would no longer protect the First Amendment rights of those exercising their Second Amendment rights. It didn't state it quite as bluntly, but basically said if it detected some "intent" to harm counter-protesters, the ACLU wasn't interested in defending gun-owning citizens' right to assemble.

Over on the internet, things got weird. Third-party service providers suddenly began dumping white nationalist/Nazi-related websites and forums, setting a rather dangerous precedent for themselves. While some may view the moves as long overdue, the moment a platform starts engaging in arbitrary determinations about speech is the same moment government officials and entities start seeing wiggle room for further speech-policing demands.

Meanwhile, platforms' decisions about acceptable speech are still being made as badly as ever. Rob Beschizza of Boing Boing points out YouTube (temporarily) took down a video of the US military destroying Nazi symbols for "violating" its policy on "hate speech."

The video has since been restored, but it's just another example of how this sort of moderation tends to be more of a threat to free speech than an effective deterrent of "hate speech." To begin with, "hate speech" in the US is a term granted to the eye of the beholder. It's not a legal term of art and there's nothing in our laws or Constitution that forbid hateful speech. Attempts to police "hate speech" with algorithms results in spectacularly stupid "decisions." Attempts to police this using human moderators seldom fares better, resulting in innocuous content being removed while truly vile speech remains where everyone can see it.

It's understandable so many different entities are doing everything they can to combat hate in the wake of the Charlottesville protests, but the rush to do something means a lot of it will be done badly and will only target current Villains of the Week. It's something that should be done cautiously, carefully, and with an eye on restricting as little speech as possible. Instead, we're getting rubber banding of both artificial and human intelligence as everyone suddenly pitches in simultaneously. Maybe things will calm down in a few weeks, but the tensions brought to the surface by the Charlottesville protest suggest it's going to be a long time before the nation returns to anything resembling "normal."


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  • identicon
    Lawrence D’Oliveiro, 21 Aug 2017 @ 3:49am

    First Amendment > Second Amendment?

    Sounds like a reasonable set of priorities to me.

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      Chris-Mouse (profile), 21 Aug 2017 @ 4:35am

      Re: First Amendment > Second Amendment?

      It's more like refusing to assist groups using the first and second amendments to harass and intmidate opposition.

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        Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 10:02am

        Re: Re: First Amendment > Second Amendment?

        Plus the way people protest with openly carrying loaded guns was long ago used by hate groups like the black Panthers to intimidate people. Reagan even passed a law banning the practice in California because people were sick of their intimidation tactics.

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          Roger Strong (profile), 21 Aug 2017 @ 10:17am

          Re: Re: Re: First Amendment > Second Amendment?

          In May 1967 two dozen Black Panther Party members walked into the California Statehouse carrying rifles to protest a gun-control bill, prompting then-Gov. Ronald Reagan to comment, "There’s no reason why on the street today a citizen should be carrying loaded weapons."

          Of course if they were white, the NRA and today's alt-right would hail them as heroes.

          And if Reagan were a Democrat, they'd launch a jihad against him for that comment.

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      afn29129 (profile), 21 Aug 2017 @ 6:59am

      Re: First Amendment > Second Amendment?

      So by that odd logic or yours the 13th Amendment(ending slavery) has really low priority indeed. Thanks.

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        Roger Strong (profile), 21 Aug 2017 @ 7:17am

        Re: Re: First Amendment > Second Amendment?

        Really? You think the post was about numerical order and not the basis for those amendments?

        I don't even know how to respond to you without my post being flagged as abusive.

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          afn29129 (profile), 21 Aug 2017 @ 9:25am

          Re: Re: Re: First Amendment > Second Amendment?

          Actually I DO think his post was about priority, He used the word 'priorities' and had the greater than sign for the 1st amendment. That is, to him, the 1st had priority over the 2nd.

          Me personally I think they are all equally important. I can't think of any single amendment that I could point to and then grudgingly admit I could do without.

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            Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 11:18am

            Re: Re: Re: Re: First Amendment > Second Amendment?

            Me personally I think they are all equally important. I can't think of any single amendment that I could point to and then grudgingly admit I could do without.

            The interstate commerce clause, on the other hand, could use some revising.

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            Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 1:01pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re: First Amendment > Second Amendment?

            If the 18th and the 21st were simply gone, you wouldn't notice.

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      Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 7:40am

      Re: First Amendment > Second Amendment?

      Just don't be surprised when groups who value their Second Amendment rights treat your First Amendment rights equally flippantly. Or groups that value neither also don't value the Fourth. Everybody only wants to defend the Amendments they like, then they act utterly flabbergasted when others cheerlead their destruction.

      Make no mistake. The attitude you're displaying now is the reason our Bill of Rights is in the state it's in.

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        Lawrence D’Oliveiro, 21 Aug 2017 @ 3:07pm

        Re: Just don't be surprised when groups who value their Second Amendment rights treat your First Amendment rights equally flippantly.

        That would be a surprise, since currently in the US your First Amendment rights are treated far more flippantly.

        In fact, the Second Amendment has become a wonderful red herring for your Government; make a feint towards that, and in the ensuing brouhaha, they can bring in more restrictions on your First Amendment and other rights, without you noticing.

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      afn29129 (profile), 21 Aug 2017 @ 9:54am

      Re: First Amendment > Second Amendment?

      When they came to take away the 1st, well
      When they came to take away the 2nd, well
      When they came to take away the 3rd, well.
      When they came to take away the 4th, well..
      When they came to take away the 5th, well...

      etc..


      Don't complain when it eventually affects you personally because by then it's way too late to complain.

      Defend the whole kit and kaboodle.. zealously!

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        Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 11:30am

        Re: Re: First Amendment > Second Amendment?

        actually once they make it past removing the second, removing all the others will just be a matter of busywork....

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    Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 3:52am

    "but the tensions brought to the surface by the Charlottesville protest suggest it's going to be a long time before the nation returns to anything resembling "normal.""

    When Trump is gone. Not before.

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      Ben, 21 Aug 2017 @ 4:40am

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      The problem with assuming that Trump is the problem, is that he isn't the problem; he's a symptom of the problem.

      The problem is that there are human beings who believe that other human beings are lesser human beings than they themselves are, based upon little more than the amount of melanin in that other human being's skin.

      It's bananas.

      Getting Trump out of the White House would probably do no harm ... but if it puts Pence in his place, we might all be wishing to have Trump back before too long. Trump is at least ineffective, whereas Pence actually scares me.

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        Ryunosuke (profile), 21 Aug 2017 @ 10:01am

        Re: Re:

        I have to agree. This is the burden we have to share when we have free speech. HOWEVER, that also means that we can counter that hate speech with non-hate speech, like what happened in Boston.

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        Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 11:49am

        Re: Re:

        The problem is that there are human beings who believe that other human beings are lesser human beings than they themselves are, based upon little more than the amount of melanin in that other human being's skin.

        I keep hearing about such people but have yet to meet one personally, that I know of.

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        Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 3:44pm

        Re: Re:

        So basically you believe all white cis males should commit affirmative suicide:

        https://youtu.be/RC-Cqkq6zWc

        But of course racism and sexism towards white cis males is perfectly justified since everyone knows they're responsible for every single evil act ever committed.

        Evidently, TD is now an Alt-left hate site.

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          Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 4:33pm

          Re: Re: Re:

          Alt-Left is a term made up by the Alt-Right to try to make it look like there's parity in being a total shitheel on both sides of the political spectrum. So go on nailing yourself to the cross, no ones stopping you.

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            Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 5:19pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re:

            Spoken like a true Alt-left racist! Lol

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              Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 6:09pm

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

              You aren't very good at this. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alt-left

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                Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 7:47pm

                Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

                Oh, I'm better than you think I am. I know ideolouges are easily baited by the Alt-left term and are easily offended by it thus drawing out their true colors. I didn't bother to read that bogus Wikipedia article on it because I know exactly where it started and why it's used.

                And that's to point out that you regressives, a term coined by classical liberals, that you far left ideolouges are no different from the far right, if not worse.

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                  Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 7:52pm

                  Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

                  Yes we know you are functionally illiterate. Don't brag about it, its unseemly.

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                  Anonymous Coward, 22 Aug 2017 @ 6:50am

                  Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

                  If you support Antifa you are as bad as those they fight against.

                  My view is that the only good Nazi is a dead Nazi. They are a disgrace.

                  That doesn't make Antifa good.

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          Anonymous Coward, 22 Aug 2017 @ 10:17am

          Re: Re: Re:

          "you believe all white cis males should commit affirmative suicide:"

          I'm curious. Where/how did you get the above from the post to which you relied?

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      Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 2:08pm

      Re:

      Trump isn't the problem.

      It's his opponents who are the problem.

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        Anonymous Coward, 22 Aug 2017 @ 6:53am

        Re: Re:

        I am conservative. I believe that there are many problems in this country, that in school, kids are being punished for expressing political thought. They are being called racist for supporting racism. The are called racist for being white. They are called future rapists because they are male.

        That being said, Trump is a disaster. He is a fucking idiot that can't put together coherent speeches and when he talks off the top of his head, he sounds like a complete idiot that doesn't know how to talk to people, to influence them.

        A lot of his policies would actually be good if he wasn't such an idiot in trying to explain them.

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        Anonymous Coward, 22 Aug 2017 @ 10:22am

        Re: Re:

        And, presently, who are his opponents ?

        Well, let's see now - pretty much all dems and recently many repubs and many more independents.

        So, in a "democracy" we see a post on TD that says that the minority opinions should take precedence because it is held by the president ... regardless of the wishes and desires of a large majority of the population.

        Ok, interesting proposition. Where is your data, analysis and conclusions supported by logical rational? You do not have any? Color me surprised.

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          Anonymous Coward, 22 Aug 2017 @ 10:35am

          Re: Re: Re:

          His opponents are the political machines. That is what he ran on, draining the swamp. He ran on tougher immigration. He ran on getting rid of the ACA.

          Who is against him? Progressives as well as Democrats and Republicans.

          Yeah, he is an idiot, but the people are tired of politicians. It doesn't take a genius to figure that one out. Since the President can do very little, is it any surprise that Congress won't get rid of the ACA (even though they campaigned on the issue for 8 fucking years?

          Everyone knows Congress is bought and paid for, and people are sick of it.

          Do you think all this bullshit about Charlottesville is about racism? Where was the outcry to tear down the statues when Obama was president? Were the statues just put up when Trump came into office?

          People are tired of being flat out lied to by politicians and the media. That is why Trump was elected.

          Is it any wonder that everyone in Washington hates him?

          Yeah, I know he is a douchbag, but that is besides the point.

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    Yes, I know I'm commenting anonymously, 21 Aug 2017 @ 3:54am

    this is about a radicalization problem that creates extremists.
    Let us call things by their name, even if they are being committed by a privileged group.

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    Roger Strong (profile), 21 Aug 2017 @ 6:05am

    The video has since been restored

    Moderation needs the equivalent of that bendy bit of pipe under the sink. If the wrong thing gets flushed away, it can be recovered. But it tends to fill with dreck. Or the alt-right.

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    Jim, 21 Aug 2017 @ 6:07am

    The problem is, isn't Trump. Is correct. It's a symptom of the problem, that Trump personifies, Trump was elected to represent the people. Let's examine that a little closer. He got 46% of the popular vote. And there was a record low presidential vote, less then half of the public of voting age voted.
    After 8 years of uncivil discourse on a president, now everyone is supposed to be jumping for joy about the current occupant? Just because he is there? What joy? Oh? He isn't addressing the issues? What issues? Taxes, defense, safety? Oh, they are pushing for a constitutional crisis, 26 States want to limit your rights, what rights are they going after? Whose agenda are the minority pushing? Remember free speech, a " free" press, association? Guilds? Majority rule? States rights? Religious freedom? Pick and choose, which ones you are willing to lose...

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    Christenson, 21 Aug 2017 @ 7:20am

    Passing on hate speech as a public service

    While Cloudflare has a strong reason not to carry the daily stormer, in that word is some of the prinicpals mis-represented Cloudflare as supporting their political position, there is also a strong public service reason to broadcast that and all hate speech:

    I'd much rather those on the daily stormer be heard and allowed to prove themselves to be racists and their speech countered, than to make them be silent in their corner and only have us THINK bad things about them without proof.

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    Advocate (profile), 21 Aug 2017 @ 7:42am

    If the choice is between racist freedom fighters and fascist egalitarians, i'm going with the racists.

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      Roger Strong (profile), 21 Aug 2017 @ 8:03am

      Re:

      That's nice. Meanwhile the current situation is about racist fascists vs. freedom fighting egalitarians.

      Sure, there are tiny fringes. People who resort to violence and punch Nazis, vs. the "good neo-Nazis" Trump assures us exists. But for the most part your claim is a deliberate reversal of reality.

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        Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 11:04am

        Re: Re:

        Tiny fringes like most media? Tiny fringes like quite a few dems who celebrate Nazi punching? Tiny fringes like those that cheer when Inauguration goers are not blocked from going? Tiny fringes like most professors who treat students poorly if they don't agree with progressive policies? Tiny fringes like how many fucking universities who refuse to allow conservative speakers that were asked by their students to come and speak?

        Those tiny fringes?

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          Roger Strong (profile), 21 Aug 2017 @ 11:31am

          Re: Re: Re:

          Tiny fringes like the ones you mention, yes.

          Just like the fringes on the other side. Since you mention universities, that would include universities that ban College Democrats organizations because Democrats can't possibly be Christian - and that make attending rallies by Republican leaders mandatory for students. Accusations of favoritism by professors apply there too.

          As for "Tiny fringes like quite a few dems who celebrate Nazi punching?", yes, that fringe exists too. As opposed to the Republican mainstream. There's no Democratic or liberal equivalent of Trump routinely calling for violence at his rallies. Or for Republicans bringing Ted Nugent - who routinely made threats of violence against Hillary and Obama - to the 2013 State of the Union Address and to rallies for Presidential candidates like Rick Perry and Mike Huckabee.

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            Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 11:46am

            Re: Re: Re: Re:

            Roger, I would imagine you are talking about Christian universities, which are different than public universities.

            Interesting fact, Notre Dame brought in the head of planned parenthood to speak, impressive considering Catholics (as an institution) are pretty much against abortion).

            Berkley (the so called birth of free speech) wouldn't have conservative speakers that were invited by students allowed on campus.

            Funny, a Missouri state senator wrote that "Trump should be assassinated." She doesn't plan on stepping down.

            Personally, I agree with Brad Pitt. The only good Nazi is a dead Nazi.

            But you can't argue with facts, if you speak about conservative issues, you will be labeled a Nazi.

            What people choose to ignore is that many people that voted for Trump didn't support him, but wouldn't vote for Hillary. Many people that didn't vote at all was because they wouldn't vote for Trump but didn't want to vote for Hillary. If you don't believe that, ask the people that have Bernie stickers on their cars.

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              Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 12:23pm

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

              "if you speak about conservative issues, you will be labeled a Nazi."

              Perhaps you are talking out yer ass here, but just in case, do you have any data in support of your wildly general and all encompassing claim?

              I would suspect that you might be correct if your statement had qualifications or some limiting factors.

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              Roger Strong (profile), 21 Aug 2017 @ 1:16pm

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

              I would imagine you are talking about Christian universities, which are different than public universities.

              Once a university becomes a mandatory campaign stop for Presidential candidates - openly backing one party over the other and over Christian principles - there's little difference. Any separation of church and state is gone. That "private" entity has a greater role in setting public policy than most public universities.

              Berkley (the so called birth of free speech) wouldn't have conservative speakers that were invited by students allowed on campus.

              Again, wrong when either side does it, and thankfully rare. (And they played right into Ann Coulter's hands. She tried that in Canada. Announced a speaking tour of Canadian universities, dared everyone to ban her, spouted her usual racist BS in her speeches. Then when it was clear that she wasn't going to be banned, she cancelled a show herself and declared it a ban.)

              Funny, a Missouri state senator wrote that "Trump should be assassinated." She doesn't plan on stepping down.

              Do you really want to go there? It was a big deal only because it was a Democrat. Several Democrats in Congress have called for her resignation. Meanwhile Trumps comments about Hillary include gems like:

              "If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people — maybe there is, I don’t know."

              Trump, Mike Huckabee and Rick Perry all had no problems associating with Ted Nugent despite his assassination comments about Obama and Hillary. Other Republicans brought him to the State of the Union address in the House chamber.

              But you can't argue with facts, if you speak about conservative issues, you will be labeled a Nazi.

              When you talk about today's alt-right-dominated Republican party, their cheerful association with the alt-right and neo-Nazis are the elephant in the room. Eventually Republicans will tell them "No, you are not Republicans. You are not even conservatives." But it obviously won't happen during this administration.

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                Anonymous Coward, 22 Aug 2017 @ 7:20am

                Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

                Liberals are blaming President Trump for the rise of white nationalism, but the movement started mushrooming 15 years before Trump became president. White nationalism is different from the racist white supremacy movement, even though the left-wing media and liberals purposely conflate the two.

                “I distinguish it from white supremacy because the people who were involved [in the white nationalism movement] were more intellectual,” said Swain, a graduate of Yale Law School. “They were not espousing racial violence or using epithets, but they had grievances. They felt that white people’s rights were being trampled on and no one was speaking up or listening to their grievances.”

                Swain said the white nationalism movement took off — long before Trump took office — because whites were being marginalized and disenfranchised after decades of affirmative action and other government programs designed to benefit minorities.

                Adding to the disgruntlement is the constant browbeating by academia and the media — which are 97% liberal — calling ALL white people racist and claiming they have no right to complain about anything because they have “white privilege.” Look around you: There are plenty of poor, underprivileged whites.

                Written by Professor Dr. Carol Swain of Vanderbilt University and a Harvard Law School grad.

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                  The Wanderer (profile), 23 Aug 2017 @ 6:42am

                  I don't blame Trump for the rise of white nationalism.

                  I blame Trump for *legitimizing* white nationalism, by accepting its support and failing to clearly condemn it (and, at least arguably, even espousing some of its views - albeit in less blatant and aggressive forms).

                  Taking an extreme, fringe viewpoint and making it seem acceptable and mainstream is an act worthy of either praise or condemnation all on its own, depending on what you think of the viewpoint in question.

                  White nationalism, et cetera, aren't all the way there - but they're a hell of a lot closer than they were this time last year, and a hell of a lot closer than they would be likely to be if Trump hadn't won the electoral college.

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                Anonymous Coward, 22 Aug 2017 @ 9:04am

                "Going there" [was Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:]

                Do you really want to go there?

                Mr Strong: I perceive that your comment #23 in chronological view was posted at 9:09am yesterday.

                Now, in civilized discourse, it's a legitimate tactic to bait your interlocutors. Then to query those interlocutors: Do they truly desire to pick up that bait?

                Of course, you should not really concern yourself whether any others whiff some unsavory scent—

                “ Eau du troll ™ ”

                New cologne?

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          OA (profile), 21 Aug 2017 @ 11:37am

          Re: Re: Re:

          You must have attended the how-to-reason-poorly-on-the-internet school, with "right wing" media "professors".

          Sometimes the use of physical force is necessary and morally defensible. I imagine "Nazi punching" may fall into that category.

          Violence is not always physical.

          The rest of that is the usual disingenuous attacks on universities.

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            Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 11:55am

            Re: Re: Re: Re:

            I imagine "Nazi punching" may fall into that category.

            You left out "evolutionist punching".

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              Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 12:53pm

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

              I imagine "Nazi punching" may fall into that category.
              You left out "evolutionist punching".

              Wow, talk about false equivalencies.

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                Anonymous Coward, 22 Aug 2017 @ 12:07pm

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                If you're going to justify punching people who offend you, why stop with Nazi's? Why not people who offend your religious beliefs? That can get you a lot more than "punched" in some places. Or is it only the ideas that offend *you* that count?

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            Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 4:01pm

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            International Socialists (Gulags) and National Socialists (Nazis) have been waring against each other since the 1930s.

            They're both equally guilty of genocide and thus neither of them should ever be supported.

            The only thing I'll support is their constitutional rights and nothing more.

            And no, violence is not words, violence is always physical and the people displaying most of the violence are the far left Gulags like antifa (anti-first amendment), BAMN, and the Alt-left totalitarian progressives.

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              Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 4:40pm

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

              You would be wise to invest in a dictionary to find out what words mean. Because you seem to be badly confused. Let's take http://www.dictionary.com/browse/gulag for example.

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                Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 6:37pm

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                That's rich considering ideolouges like yourself call anyone to the right of the far left a NAZI including moderates and centrists. Forget that NAZI stands for National Socialist German Workers' Party....

                And I'm pretty certain you would like to see your entire political opposition and anyone who doesn't submit to your Marxist beliefs thrown into The GULAGS...

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                  Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 7:54pm

                  Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

                  I'm a middle of the road independent. Sorry to burst your bubble about what I stand for.

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                  Anonymous Coward, 22 Aug 2017 @ 10:38am

                  Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

                  Did the poster which you claim actually call .... " anyone to the right of the far left a NAZI including moderates and centrists." ?

                  I could not find it in the comments, perhaps you are clairvoyant ?

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        Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 11:32am

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        If you truly believe this, then I pity you. Listen much much more closely to Antifa's speech....

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        Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 2:10pm

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        The current situation is dumbasses who people call fascists vs actual fascists who claim everyone who even remotely disagrees with them are bad people and deserve to get hit.

        Trump is 100% right when he called out both sides.

        The mere fact that people don't understand that is pathetic.

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        Anonymous Coward, 22 Aug 2017 @ 10:49am

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        "Freedom fighting egalitarians"?

        Really? You call Antifa freedom fighting egalitarians? Hahaha, you are a wack job.

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    Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 7:42am

    Choose

    You can either have Net Neutrality or you can have ISPs and registrars removing sites from the internet at will.

    You cannot have both....

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    Ed (profile), 21 Aug 2017 @ 7:46am

    As they're being marched into the gas chambers, will some progressives still be whining about the neo-NAZI's 1st Amendment rights?

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    Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 7:56am

    Against drilling with arms

    … the ACLU wasn't interested in defending gun-owning citizens' right to assemble.

    A few days ago, the LA Times republished an old, historical pamphlet from the ACLU:   In 1934, this ACLU pamphlet asked, “Shall We Defend Free Speech for Nazis in America?

    The pamphlet is short, only four pages, and well worth reading today.

    One portion, from p.4, deserves highlighting in this context:

    But against their interference with the rights of others, the Union will fight, precisely as it fights any such interference. Against drilling with arms, as testified to before a Congressional committeee, the Union will also fight—even for the enactment of laws, if necessary, to prohibit arms in the hands of political organizations.

    Perhaps there's a slight difference between merely assembling with arms and actually drilling with them. If so, the difference is surely very slight.

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      Puzzled, 21 Aug 2017 @ 8:09am

      Re: Against drilling with arms

      Why are we all getting so worked up about right-wing socialists and left-wing socialists mutually twisted agendas? The Nazi vs. Antifa fights are violent and morally repugnant, but together they don't represent the beliefs or views of >90% of American society. They are the problem, not the rest of us.

      Why can't we, the majority, agree that violence by any group is bad, free speech is everyone's constitutional right, and the rule of law is critical to our society? Is that so radical a proposal?

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        Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 8:28am

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        I'm with you. Free speech is everyone's constitutional right. The rule of law is critical to our society. God Bless America.

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        Roger Strong (profile), 21 Aug 2017 @ 9:09am

        Re: Re: Against drilling with arms

        Is that so radical a proposal?

        Politics is the art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich by promising to protect each from the other. Peddling fear of some other group is the easy way to do it when you don't have actual leadership ability. Blacks, "feminazis", terrorists, gays, trans people, whatever's available. Peddle fear and hate.

        Remember Ted Nugent? The racist, pedophile, draft dodging, illegal hunting, fear mongering chickenhawk of a talentless has-been musician? Who kept making headlines with threats of violence against Obama and Hillary? With wingnutty claims of persecution? (April 2012: "If Barack Obama becomes the President again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.")

        So really, no different than the Nazis and KKK in Charlottesville. (Nugent: "Donald Trump is as close to Ted Nugent as you are going to get in politics.")

        At the at the Feb 2013 State of the Union address, Republicans made a show of bringing Ted Nugent. And hailed him for being a patriot and upholding American values.

        That's where the Republican Party was BEFORE Trump.

        So yeah, that's a radical proposal. Trump's calls for violence at Trump rallies weren't just about injecting a little enthusiasm into a placid and contemplative group of people. Demagoguery and fear mongering work. It got Ted Nugent into the State of the Union address, and it got Trump into the White House.

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          Eh?, 21 Aug 2017 @ 9:47am

          Re: Re: Re: Against drilling with arms

          What, exactly, did your long hate-filled rant of a response about Ted Nugent and Trump have to do with supporting the right of free speech, not tolerating violence and the rule of law in America?

          Maybe staying on topic is a radical proposal...

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            Roger Strong (profile), 21 Aug 2017 @ 10:03am

            Re: Re: Re: Re: Against drilling with arms

            The question was asked whether opposing violence and championing free speech was so radical a proposal. For Republicans - long before Trump - the answer is 'Yes.'

            Sorry it went over your head.

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            Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 10:04am

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            You think that was hate filled? Going to the bathroom in the middle of a movie at a theatre must be a nightmare for you.

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            Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 12:33pm

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            "long hate-filled rant of a response"

            Please explain your reasoning which resulted in the above response.

            Do you consider a statement of fact to be hate?
            Do you hate that someone would bring up particular facts?

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              Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 12:43pm

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Against drilling with arms

              This was my first clue...

              "The racist, pedophile, draft dodging, illegal hunting, fear mongering chickenhawk of a talentless has-been musician?"

              Now, if you *don't" think that is hateful, I don't know what would qualify. Oh, and it was a long response too.

              Do you consider your questions before you ask them?
              Do you hate people who do?

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              Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 1:00pm

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Against drilling with arms

              "Ted Nugent? The racist, pedophile, draft dodging, illegal hunting, fear mongering chickenhawk of a talentless has-been musician?

              "Do you consider a statement of fact to be hate?
              Do you hate that someone would bring up particular facts?"

              No but that's not all fact bro..

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          Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 12:18pm

          Re: Re: Re: Against drilling with arms

          I don't remember any state or national senator ever saying they wished Obama was assassinated, do you?

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          Anonymous Coward, 22 Aug 2017 @ 8:14am

          Compassing the death of the King [was Re: Re: Re: Against drilling with arms]

          So really, no different than the Nazis and KKK in Charlottesville.

          Mr Justice Douglas, concurring in Watts v United States (1969) traced out a smattering of the history behind prosecutions for imagining the demise of the chief executive:

          The charge in this case is of an ancient vintage.

          The federal statute under which petitioner was convicted traces its ancestry to the Statute of Treasons (25 Edw. 3) which made it a crime to "compass or imagine the Death of . . . the King." It is said that one Walter Walker, a 15th century keeper of an inn known as the "Crown," was convicted under the Statute of Treasons for telling his son: "Tom, if thou behavest thyself well, I will make thee heir to the CROWN." He was found guilty of compassing and imagining the death of the King, hanged, drawn, and quartered.

          In the time of Edward IV, one Thomas Burdet who predicted that the king would "soon die, with a view to alienate the affections" of the people was indicted for "compassing and imagining of the death of the King," . . .

          (Citations omitted; first ellipsis in source.)

          Someone incapable of quite strictly distinguishing bodies of men “drilling with arms” compared against individuals “compassing the death of the King” quite possibly needs their head examined. I say this with all due respect, Mr Strong: You certainly ought to be able to make the distinction — should it suit you.

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            Roger Strong (profile), 22 Aug 2017 @ 9:31am

            Re: Compassing the death of the King [was Re: Re: Re: Against drilling with arms]

            You certainly ought to be able to make the distinction — should it suit you.

            You really ought to take your own advice.

            Nugent (and Georgia senator David Perdue and Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal and Presidential candidate Donald Trump) did more than "imagine" or "predict" the death of the President and Hillary Clinton. He openly called for it.

            There's an old quote that should be added to your citations:

            If you try to kill the king, you need to kill the king.

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              Anonymous Coward, 22 Aug 2017 @ 10:06am

              Re: Re: Compassing the death of the King [was Re: Re: Re: Against drilling with arms]

              … did more than "imagine" or "predict" the death…

              Did they now?

              Mr Justice Brennan's opinion for the court in Speiser v Randall (1958) is instructive:

              As cases decided in this Court have abundantly demonstrated, the line between speech unconditionally guaranteed and speech which may legitimately be regulated, suppressed, or punished is finely drawn.

              Justice Brennan's next sentence, where the high court demands the use of “sensitive tools” to separate “legitimate from illegitimate speech” has been so often repeated that it now stands as a beacon.

              Justice Brennan finishes that paragraph with:

              Where the transcendent value of speech is involved, due process certainly requires in the circumstances of this case that the State bear the burden of persuasion to show that the appellants engaged in criminal speech.

              In more informal discourse, as we engage in here, freed from the strict confines of a trial court —or even a grand jury proceeding— you yourself may feel the force of your personal conviction to be clearly adequate to sustain your burden of pursuasion.

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                Anonymous Coward, 22 Aug 2017 @ 10:51am

                Re: Re: Re: Compassing the death of the King [was Re: Re: Re: Against drilling with arms]

                How does what you typed address that which you responded to?

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                  Anonymous Coward, 22 Aug 2017 @ 11:25am

                  Re: Re: Re: Re: Compassing the death of the King [was Re: Re: Re: Against drilling with arms]

                  How does what you typed address that which you responded to?

                  Mr Strong claims that one or more individuals “openly called for” the death of the (former) president. He says that's “no different than the Nazis and KKK in Charlottesville.” But in Charlottesville, as you might recall, there was an actual murder.

                  Further drawing from the context of Watts v United States, Mr Strong appears to imply that such a “call” for the death of the president is punishable as a crime.

                  If he's going to charge a speech crime, he has a burden to carry.

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    Mason Wheeler (profile), 21 Aug 2017 @ 8:48am

    First they came for the sexists, and for everyone who wasn't sexist but who spoke up for them--they called them sexists too. And so I didn't speak up.
    Then they came for the racists, and for everyone who wasn't racist but who spoke up for them--they called them racists too. And so I didn't speak up.
    Then they came for the homophobes, and for everyone who wasn't homophobic but who spoke up for them--they called them homophobes too. And so I didn't speak up.
    Then they came for the Nazis, and for everyone who wasn't a Nazi but who spoke up for them--they called them Nazis too.

    Maybe I should speak up now, before they find a reason to come for me and call me something even worse?

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    Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 10:53am

    Here is the problem.

    If you are a conservative, you are a Nazi. If you support stronger immigration laws, you are a Nazi. If you believe that Muslim governments don't treat gays well, you are a Nazi. If you don't agree with everything that BLM does, you are a Nazi.

    If you are white, you are a Nazi. If you are a white male, you are Nazi as well as being sexist. If you believe that affirmative action is wrong (and in fact a form of racism) you are a Nazi.

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      Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 11:42am

      Re:

      You must have a martyr complex a mile long if that's what you think people actually believe. That, or you hang out with actual Nazis.

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        Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 11:59am

        Re: Re:

        Then how did Milo become leader of the alt-right? How did a gay guy who only dates blacks become the alt-right leader? Nazi's are alt-right, correct? Milo was their leader. How did he become a Nazi?

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          Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 12:09pm

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          Not surprisingly you missed my point entirely. But to answer your dumb question. He can be a Nazi by espousing Nazi views. If he hangs out with Nazis or defends their actions he's a Nazi sympathiser. How he got to be "leader" of the alt-right I don't know, nor care. The only thing calling people Nazis here, is your martyr complex.

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            Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 12:20pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re:

            And your definition of Nazi views are those that you don't agree with. And that is the problem.

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              Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 12:46pm

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              No, you numpty, my definition of Nazi is this: One who espouses the beliefs and policies of the German Nazis. But never mind, you keep telling people what they think and see how far that gets you.

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              Let's be accurate, 21 Aug 2017 @ 12:55pm

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

              Nazis are right wing socialists and the Antifa are left wing socialists. Both believe in the power of the state over the power of the individual, they just have different targets in mind to wield that power against.

              Nazis hate... well, everyone except other Nazis
              Antifa hate everyone who doesn't agree with everything they say or believe in.

              Both use violence to further their agendas.

              Neither of them represent most of America, and it's a shame they get so much attention from the rest of us. Nothing in the 1st Amendment says you have to *LISTEN* to idiots using their free speech rights.

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                Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 1:18pm

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                True, but only one of them wants to exterminate entire races. Antifa as far as I can tell limit themselves to hand to hand combat. Which is not great, but it's a pretty far cry from genocide.

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                Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 4:32pm

                Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

                Well actually they're both leftists...two sides of the same Marxist coin: National socialism vs international socialism.

                They're two different brands of polylogism.

                They both hate capitalism, they both hate Jews for different reasons, they're all race baiters, and they all think they're morally superior and hate anyone that doesn't think like them.

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        Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 2:06pm

        Re: Re:

        You don't pay attention to much, do you?

        It's not a martyr complex when that stuff actually happens.

        I've seen BLM supporters go "He's white! BEAT HIS ASS!"

        Antifa has stated "My heroes are those who kill cops"

        As someone pointed out on Techdirt awhile ago, if Antifa isn't reigned in soon, the very fascism that they're supposedly fighting will happen due to their actions.

        Hitler's rise to power was because of Antifa in Germany after all.

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          Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 2:36pm

          Re: Re: Re:

          Put down the crack pile and pick up a history book. Please for the love of the few brain cells you have left.

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            Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 4:58pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re:

            What he said is historically accurate:

            “It is true of course, that in Germany before 1933, and in Italy before 1922, communists and Nazis or Fascists clashed more frequently with each other than with other parties. They competed for the support of the same type of mind and reserved for each other the hatred of the heretic. But their practice showed how closely they are related. To both, the real enemy, the man with whom they had nothing in common and whom they could not hope to convince, is the liberal of the old type. While to the Nazi the communist, and to the communist the Nazi, and to both the socialist, are potential recruits who are made of the right timber, although they have listened to false prophets, they both know that there can be no compromise between them and those who really believe in individual freedom.”

            ― F.A. Hayek, The Road to Serfdom

            Violence from the far left is creating the monsters they claim to be opposed to.

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              Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 5:24pm

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

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                Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 5:41pm

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                That says nothing about Germany before 1933 nor does it refute the clashes between Communists and Fascists.

                Are you even trying to make a point.

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                  Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 5:58pm

                  Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

                  Well the title is "Hitler comes to power" which is the subject at hand. And no it doesn't refute the violence. It flat out doesn't mention it, as it's not nearly as the economy, The Treaty Of Versailles, or Hitlers personality in the scheme of things. Also if you had read the article the first key date is 1919. But hey if you want to be a United States Holocaust Memorial Museum denier, that's on you.

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                    Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 6:11pm

                    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

                    What?

                    I detest both fascism and communism and where did I imply that I deny the Holocaust?

                    They both committed genocide and should equally be treated as shit ideologies.

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                      Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 7:56pm

                      Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

                      Reading comprehension isn't your strong suit. I think what is, is your ability to tell other people what they believe and think based upon your own prejudices.

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                        Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 8:19pm

                        Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

                        Lol,your pathetic and childish insults are most amusing. That actually might mean something if it weren't coming from someone bigot from the Alt-left.

                        Cry harder and admit you're incapable of refuting me. Kek!

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                        Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 8:30pm

                        Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

                        FYI, you're the one who exhibited a lapse in reading comprehension by ignoring my quote that pointed out that extremist groups like fascist and communists have been waring against one another since their inception.

                        Pogo all you want, I'm not going to pulled off topic in some pathetic attempt to shut down my initial argument which you have made absolutely clear that you're incapable of refuting.

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                          Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 8:46pm

                          Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

                          I feel bad for whoever had to suffer you as a student in English.

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                            Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 8:52pm

                            Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

                            Either refute me on the history of marxist extremists from both the left and the right, or do your self a favor and sthu for the rest of your life.


                            Refute it.
                            Refute it.
                            Refute IT!

                            Stay the hell on topic you Alt-left scum bucket or gtfo.

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                              Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 8:56pm

                              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

                              The topic at hand was Hitlers rise to power. I'm sorry you failed to comprehend that. You might want to calm down there. You're in danger of having a snowflake meltdown.

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                                Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 9:02pm

                                Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

                                No, it wasn't, and I refuse to let ideolouges like you manipulate the conversation anymore.

                                I'll post again what I posted you deceitful pill of human garbage:


                                “It is true of course, that in Germany before 1933, and in Italy before 1922, communists and Nazis or Fascists clashed more frequently with each other than with other parties. They competed for the support of the same type of mind and reserved for each other the hatred of the heretic. But their practice showed how closely they are related. To both, the real enemy, the man with whom they had nothing in common and whom they could not hope to convince, is the liberal of the old type. While to the Nazi the communist, and to the communist the Nazi, and to both the socialist, are potential recruits who are made of the right timber, although they have listened to false prophets, they both know that there can be no compromise between them and those who really believe in individual freedom.”

                                ― F.A. Hayek, The Road to Serfdom

                                Refute it.
                                Refute it.
                                Refute it.


                                The topic will never change until you refute it. Your manipulation ends with me and I refuse to let ideolouges like you manipulate the conversation any longer.

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                                  Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 9:04pm

                                  Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

                                  pile*

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                                    Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 9:09pm

                                    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

                                    Oh look, an Alt-left bigot who can't win an argument without pogoing the conversation and playing grammar cop.. that's cute kid. I'm on a cell phone and could care less,but if the best argument you've got is a spell check, then you've just admitted defeat.

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                    Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 6:58pm

                    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

                    You know, the cognitive dissonance of the far left and the far right have always amused me.

                    The far left is adamantly opposed to the state of Israel but cries Nazi sympathizer when dealing with their political opposition. While the right supports the state of Israel but cry about Hollywood and the media being Jewish supremacists.

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          Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 4:50pm

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          What's funny is that they attacked an Asian journalist thinking he was white:

          http://www.theblaze.com/news/2016/08/24/stop-hes-not-white-reporter-says-his-race-saved-him-du ring-attack-at-black-lives-matter-protest/

          BLM, Antifa, and BAMN all need to be thrown on to the official list of hate groups and terrorist organizations.

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          JMT (profile), 21 Aug 2017 @ 4:51pm

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          "It's not a martyr complex when that stuff actually happens."

          You're right, it would be a martyr complex if any of that stuff actually happened, no nobody other than may a fringe loony or two have made those claims. Stop making lame strawman arguments.

          "I've seen BLM supporters go "He's white! BEAT HIS ASS!""

          No you haven't. Maybe you read that someone said they heard someone say something dumb once.

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            Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 8:07pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re:

            "No you haven't. Maybe you read that someone said they heard someone say something dumb once"


            No there's actual videos all over YouTube of it, although the first one was of an Asian being attacked by BLM, there are many videos of BLM attacking every race including other blacks:

            https://youtu.be/U-M-zu4B-4w

            There's even recent videos of antifa attacking blm:

            https://youtu.be/IKKBLnJU4kE

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      Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 12:44pm

      Re:

      Living in an "either this or that" world must be quite frustrating for you and you have my sympathies - however, if you continue to whine about it many will simply begin to ignore your silly machinations.

      Pro tip: If you wear Nazi regalia, carry a Nazi flag, espouse Nazi propoganda ... you are a Nazi.

      Side Bar: Being conservative, believing in strong immigration control, do not like Muslim discrimination, disagree with BLM, are caucasian, are male, are sexist, do not like affirmative action ...........
      ----- none of these things makes you a Nazi.

      Not sure how to best say this such that it can be understood, but I think it is you that is labeling yourself as a Nazi rather than everyone else.

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        Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 1:46pm

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        Sounds like you're just not paying attention.

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        Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 2:22pm

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        Those things may not make you a Nazi, but that doesn't mean you won't be called a Nazi by progressives.

        People should really be concerned with all the Nazi talk out there. It is really making light of what real Nazi's were and what they did.

        Tolerance? How many progressives state they couldn't be friends or have a relationship with a conservative? Google it. Progressives are not a very tolerant bunch.

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    Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 3:02pm

    Funny thing is, progressives are probably responsible for Trump being in office.

    How many Bernie supports didn't vote at all?

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    Digitari, 21 Aug 2017 @ 4:25pm

    Free Speech

    Seems many of you throw around words you do not completely understand. Free speech means speech that is not banned by Government entities. It does not include private citizens, or private property. You have the right to say what you wish, I, as a PRIVATE citizen do not have to listen. You can scream at me all the vitriol you desire, as long as you are not on my private property.
    I laugh at all this "Nazi AntiFa" crap. I have no wish to change anyone's mind, (and I may think some of you lack reasoning skills) I will however defend your right to speak WITHOUT Government interference with my Life. I will not defend you against another private citizen right to speak out against your views.

    Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.

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      Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 4:56pm

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      "Violence is the last refuge of the competent"

      I agree with you whole heartedly about this.

      Free speech is a moral value as well as a legal one. Americans are, by and large, a moral people. We believe in the sanctity of the open exchange of ideas, and defend the rights of everyone to express themselves.

      And we have guns. We are a moral people, with guns to back that up.

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        Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 4:57pm

        Re: Re: Free Speech

        oops - I forgot the "in" in "incompetent"

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          Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 5:08pm

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          And just to be clear, I will even defend Mike's right to free speech. Speak, Mike, have it. I don't see you speak much, mostly you just hide. But speak if you'd like, I will defend you from everything except more speech. That you deserve.

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            Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 5:19pm

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            For example, here is morality in action (an made-up example). Say Mike was speaking to his beliefs in public, and I hated was he was saying, I really hated it and did not agree with it at all. And a complete stranger put a gun to Mike's head with the intent to silence him. I would shoot the stranger, given the opportunity, not Mike. I might hate what he was saying, but I would defend his right to say it. That's America. MAGA

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              Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 5:32pm

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              Bawk!

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                Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 5:39pm

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                Not Bawk. Not at all, truth. I travelled to Russia once, and understood something about them. They love their country, but by that they mean their land. They hate their government, except for the few. The difference between them and us are morals as expressed by our governments. We are not perfect but we are by far the best, and I really believe that. I would pick up a gun to defend the idea of America. I love America, really, at that level, willing to put myself in jeopardy to protect the idea of American. That's what our volunteer military does every day, and what our proud volunteer police do every day. Very American. We all support Mike's right to free speech. We do not support Mike's opinions, or his right to censor. That's repugnant.

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                  Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 6:16pm

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                  Alright, I take back the bawk. I just bristled at your comment about Mike hiding. He writes articles damn near every day. And I disagree with you saying he censors. But I was out of line and I apologise.

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                    Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 6:48pm

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                    Thank you for that. I do get a little carried away sometimes, sorry, my passion leaks out and I don't consider how others may interpret what I say. That happens especially on this site, perhaps I have built up a little angst about what I have read here. I'll try to do better.

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        Anonymous Coward, 22 Aug 2017 @ 11:06am

        Re: Re: Free Speech

        "We believe in the sanctity of the open exchange of ideas, and defend the rights of everyone to express themselves."

        Unless the elite ruling class does not like what they are saying.

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    Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 5:50pm

    You are not American, and don't understand America

    "I will not defend you against another private citizen right to speak out against your views."

    That's just so wrong, and un-American. You're not American, right? I don't really care who you are, you seem rather well spoken, and I don't mean to offend you. But you are either not American, or missed something very basic in your civic education. Which is it?

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      Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 6:54pm

      Re: You are not American, and don't understand America

      Actually, maybe I misread you. Are you saying that people should be able to be punished for speaking? That seems the be the position on Techdirt, especially from Stephen T. Stone. I think people should be able to speak freely. Or are you saying that everyone should be able to speak freely without repercussions, and we should all defend each other's right to speak?

      IMHO, we should all defend each other's right to speak, and we should condemn censorship, in any form. We should condemn violence. We should condemn white-supremacist violence, we should condemn anti-fa violence, and we should (actually) support their right to speak. Speak only, no violence. Speak away, this is America, right? Weak ideas never survive scrutiny.

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    Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 7:09pm

    American civics test

    See how many of you Techdirt writers and posters are willing to take this test honestly:

    Imagine you are the ultimate authority for a day, and can shoot people with repercussion, anyone you feel like. But, in the following situations, you have to shoot one. Who do you shoot?

    A skin-white supremacist ranting about his hatred of everyone, and Mike with a gun to his head to silence him, who do you shoot?

    Mike ranting about patent or copyright law, and someone unknown to you with a gun to his head to silence him, who do you shoot?

    A police man or woman in the middle of an altercation with someone unknown to you, who do you shoot?

    I'm interested in your views, really, and I think it's relevant to this article.

    My answers are Mike, unknown person, unknown person. Yeah, I get that I rigged this so I could shoot Mike, but it's only speech.

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      Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 7:20pm

      Re: American civics test

      Coming This Fall - Judge Dredd Reality TV

      Stay tuned and find out more, including trailers and a sweepstakes!!

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      Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 7:24pm

      Re: American civics test

      Sorry, I had a little wine with dinner, Montoya Cabernet, very nice. Please substitute "without repercussion" for "with repercussion" and "skin-white" with "skin-head white". And I recommend this wine, really. Just not good as a writing aid, but the plum and oak notes are incredible.

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      The Wanderer (profile), 21 Aug 2017 @ 8:23pm

      A: Mu. This situation would not arise; if Mike Masnick had a gun to someone's head, it would not be for the purpose of silencing that person.

      B: The unknown person, assuming I can't practically defuse the situation in a less extreme way. (But how do I know that this person is doing the gun-to-head thing for the purpose of silencing the speaker, if the person is unknown to me?)

      C: Neither. I don't have enough information about the situation to decide that the use of deadly force is (even potentially) justified.

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        Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 9:00pm

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        I would give the police the benefit of the doubt. I am American, are you?

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          The Wanderer (profile), 22 Aug 2017 @ 6:10am

          I am; that's probably correlated to why I would give *both* parties the benefit of the doubt.

          Giving the benefit of the doubt to the police does not extend as far as using deadly force (myself! - not even just permitting the police to use it) against a person just because the police are in conflict with that person.

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            Anonymous Coward, 22 Aug 2017 @ 7:17am

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            Well, that's fair, I can't really imagine using deadly force anyway except in the more dire of circumstances. Glad to hear from another American.

            But would you, by default, help subdue the unknown person and help the police prevail even without knowing the details of the conflict?

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              Anonymous Coward, 22 Aug 2017 @ 8:37am

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              That is, my intent was to ask a moral question, a belief system question. Some people on this site say that they believe the police are against them, that is their moral view. I am just wondering what your moral view is, should you care to share it. Would you give the benefit of the doubt, and come to the aid of, a policeman in need of help? Forget the deadly force, do you have a moral stance?

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                The Wanderer (profile), 23 Aug 2017 @ 6:54am

                I don't consider "the police are against [X]" to be a moral view, or a moral question, and I don't think anyone else here does either.

                The fact is that "the police" are not a monolithic entity. I know some police officers, and at my workplace, one of the groups for which I provide technical support is a police academy where new officers are trained; there's so much variation in the people I see in those roles, there's no way "the police" can all hold the same views or be equally complicit in any failings. (Although broad statistical observations can still be made and be accurate.)

                The situation with regard to "the police" is a sufficiently complex one that only a lengthy, nuanced analysis has any meaningful likelihood of being accurate, beyond broad strokes. If you want a single, simple, brief statement, you're not going to get it.

                That said, while I don't always agree with every particular statement made here at Techdirt on the subject (especially in comment threads), I do generally concur that the analysis of the situation which I see presented here is largely correct. (At most, it may be a bit too broad.)


                And to answer your initial question: again, not enough information. Just looking at the people (police and otherwise), and seeing the context in which they are encountering one another (including various details which one wouldn't think to include in a description), would give me hints which would shape my reaction and thus my decision about what action to take.

                That said: most of the time, I would stand by and let the police handle it, unless it looked like I could produce a better outcome by attempting to defuse the conflict entirely. The circumstances which would lead me to attempt to intervene on either side are relatively rare.

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      Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 10:20pm

      Re: American civics test

      I'd shoot myself so I'd never have to read an argument as stupid as this one.

      Checkmate anon

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        Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2017 @ 11:11pm

        Re: Re: American civics test

        The Darwin Awards are a tongue-in-cheek honor, originating in Usenet newsgroup discussions around 1985. They recognize individuals who have supposedly contributed to human evolution by selecting themselves out of the gene pool via death or sterilization by their own actions.

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          Anonymous Coward, 22 Aug 2017 @ 1:04am

          Re: Re: Re: American civics test

          I would give Techdirt multiple Darwin Awards.

          Darwin Award 1: Attack the police (the LEOs, as you call them). This is stupid in the first order, the police are the ones that protect you from the criminals. If you can't figure that out, kinda on you, right? Darwin award for you.

          Darwin Award 2: Attack the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump with electoral voters, impeachment threats, or calls for assassination. You deserve a special recognition for your losing ways in which you seem to want to persist. Another Darwin award for you.

          Darwin Award 3: Attack the King of Thailand, for no reason at all. Thai people love their king, and usually are quite adept at Muay Thai or "the art of eight limbs". Are you nuts? Nothing to gain by this, and a lot to lose. Another Darwin award for you.

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            Anonymous Coward, 22 Aug 2017 @ 8:22pm

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            Darwin Awards need the nominee to be dead, or sterile. So all your deluded fantasies fail from the get-go. Nice try, mugu.

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        Anonymous Coward, 22 Aug 2017 @ 11:07am

        Re: Re: American civics test

        I just ignore them

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      Anonymous Coward, 22 Aug 2017 @ 12:07pm

      Re: American civics test

      Shoot them all and let God sort it out.

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    Anonymous Coward, 22 Aug 2017 @ 6:26am

    Mein Kampf is banned too? When do we start the book burning. This is unAmerican, just as bad as the Antifa.

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    Anonymous Coward, 22 Aug 2017 @ 6:30am

    Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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    Anonymous Coward, 23 Aug 2017 @ 12:45pm

    Water is wet, and Google's Youtube is awful.

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